"Bonjour tout le monde!"
Well..... a little French to start the day. It means.... Good morning everybody...... if I am not mistaken ! Hahahaha... A very early start today. So excited and so looking forward. Anyway, I was so happy because I survived the first night at sea. No sea sick in fact I slept like a baby but in my mother's tounge we say "tidur macam pengantin" (slept like a newlywed ).... ehemmmmmm!
|Port of Toulon, France|
|A busy port|
MV Norwegian Epic from our cruise MV Norwegian Spirit.
French Naval Base in Toulon.
Toulon is situated in the Southeast tip of France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast. Besides being the centre for naval, this city is important for fishing, wine making and manufacturing of aeronautical equiptments, maps, papers, tobacco, printing, shoes and electronic equipment. As we left the port, we past a multi-purposed stadium in Toulon known as Stade Mayol. It is home of RC Toulonnias, Toulon rugby team.
Most of the buildings in Toulon are new. What happened to the old ones? Well, most of the old buildings were destroyed in the World War ll with the bombings by the Allied Force when Germans occupied the south of France and planned to take over the French Naval base. Then French knew of the plan and in order to avoid being captured, the French Fleet scuttled itself resulting the Germans failed to capture the French fleet. The year was 1942. Well a little bit of history is good! Many died. As many as 500 people and Toulon was devastated. Old buildings mostly are gone. What is left is preserve as memories of the past. War claims everything..... so sad!
|@ The scuttling of the French ships.|
|New buildings in Toulon.|
|Preserving the old building even if it is a small portion|
of what is left..
|New buildings in Toulon.|
We boarded the tour bus and with full of difficulties in pronouncing English words, the tour guide explained of the town that we are going to visit, Aix En Provence. Aix was found by the Roman Consul Sextius Calvinus in 123 BC.
Aix is a university town. It is an educational center with many teaching and research institutes. It has several training college and a college of art and design. Besides that Aix holds hold two significant events yearly. It has several museums and art galleries like Museum of old Aix and Le Musee Granet which devoted to painting, sculpture and acheology of Aix. Here and there you will see cathedrals which comes with their own history.
|@ Aix Cathedral|
|One of the exposition in Aix.|
|@ Paul Cezanne and two of his famous paintings of Mount St Victoria.|
|The cobblestone street.|
|@ Allahyarham Buya Hamka|
|@ Lake Meninjau|
|@ The house Hamka was born and raised and now a museum.|
Walking around this beautiful small town with the summer heat is no joke....... tired, perspired but you see more. Aix is known as the city of thousand fountains. Among the many is a 17th century Fountain of the Four Dolphins which was designed by Jean-Claude Rambot.
|Fountain of the Four Dolphins.|
|At the open air market.|
In Aix, there were many beautiful Romans houses with big compounds and a beautiful gardens, scenery with rows and rows of trees, lots more fountains and many sidewalk cafes! Well, time to get our feet to rest. We searched for cafes that have free wi-fi so we can connect to our love ones back home. Everybody started loading photos and informing families about the feelings, experiences, expectations and hopes through different ways like Tango, Face time, Viber, WhatsApp, WeChat, LINE and just name it...we have it all! As for me, my iPhone 5*** refused to get connected. So I just sit at the cafe and imagining how the Romans built this town and enjoyed their life to the fullest with the beautiful weather and the view of the majestic and famous mountain and not forgetting the Roman Baths. What a life it must have been!
|The roadside cafes and restaurants.|
|The main road with rows of plane trees and cafe. It reminded me|
of our Taiping. The Roman houses are situated here.
|Do not get lost......where to? Mind your language!|
"Au revoir et merci" (goodbye and thank you)...
***My iPhone 5.... the problem was my new housing casing covering the antenna which is all around the phone, making it not sensitive to connect! That was what my son told me. I laughed at myself! Beautiful housing casing, but not practical ..... hahahhahahha. So my friends, if you cannot get connected, do not change your phones but take off the housing! I learnt my lesson well! Thanks to my son Haji Azman.
@ whenever you see this sign @, it means I copied from google. Thanks Google!